Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis will hold a news conference to provide an update on how the state is responding to the coronavirus pandemic as cases continue to rise.
Watch the news conference in the video player above.
Since Florida began reopening businesses and recreational spaces in May, the state has experienced a surge in new cases, forcing DeSantis to impose new restrictions.
As other governors move to mandate masks and face coverings for people in public spaces, DeSantis said he has no such plans and will leave the issue for local leaders to decide. In total since March, Florida has seen more than 350,000 confirmed cases and more than 5,000 coronavirus-related deaths.
In recent weeks, the governor’s leadership has come under question — not just by Democrats but some members of his own party — as Floridians grow frustrated over job losses, the debate over reopening schools and the state’s spike in COVID-19 cases.
DeSantis, a political protege of President Donald Trump, has been considered a rising star in national politics. He’s been touted as a possible Republican contender for the White House in 2024, but national scrutiny over his handling of Florida’s coronavirus outbreak has tarnished that image.